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Date: 12/10/17

Dr Gray's Paediatric Ward Update

NHS Grampian today confirmed that a full paediatric inpatient service in Dr Gray's Hospital, Elgin will be restored.
The paediatric ward (ward 2) will be in a position to accept overnight patients from Monday 16th October; this follows the successful recruitment of 2 additional doctors.
Dr Jamie Hogg, Divisional Clinical Director, said: "We are pleased that we've managed to successfully recruit the extra staff needed to provide a safe overnight service from Ward 2. The ward will resume 24-hour operation from Monday 16th October. 
"Obviously this good news will be welcomed across Moray but we need to be clear that the workforce constraints remain a concern. 
"People should be aware that we could face a similar situation in Paediatric, Obstetrics and Gynaecology services at the next trainee doctor intake in February. We are continuing to work on solutions to mitigate this issue. 
"There are however additional workforce challenges ahead at Dr Gray's Hospital. We are currently working to reinforce consultant staff numbers across the Women & Children's service locally due to recent staff changes."
He continued: "We'd like to thank local people for the support we've received over the last two months. The way people rallied around to do whatever they could to help attract people to come and work in our area is testament to the community spirit we have here in Moray. 
"It's also important that we thank the staff at Ward 2 and across Dr Gray's for everything they've done to make sure that the service continued to run smoothly and safely during the temporary service change.
"We are also grateful to staff and the public for their patience and understanding as we move forward. We will always put safety first and thank you for your understanding. It is important to point out that we may need to take similar action in the future.
"We are absolutely committed to delivering a sustainable, long term service solution at Dr Gray's Hospital but  it is going to take some time. It is also not something we can do on our own.
"It's vital there is no let up over the next few months, either from ourselves or our partners, and we continue to build on the joint work among the community, Moray Council and our elected representatives to focus on raising awareness of the benefits of living and working in Moray."​​